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  1. 8 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

    Cut the speed limit to a genuine 60 , and you don't need a 4 th lane 

    That's an interesting point. It is a bit counter intuitive, but might reducing the speed limit actually speed up overall journeys by reducing stoppages?

    I wonder if anyone has done some genuine research into it.

  2. 4 hours ago, JohnM said:

    I used to carry bricks in the boot. When in a dodgy area, I'd  take the wheels off and put the car up on my own bricks so the locals would leave it alone.

    Come off it, John. You were a bricklayer who wanted to work from home. 😜

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  3. 21 hours ago, idrewthehaggis said:

    Sounds like common sense to me.

    Cycling, I blame Kevin Keegan.

    Kevin's wobbling crash horror featured highly in my uncles' lexicon of in jokes and so rested itself in my mind.

    When they (dumped) gave me some videos and reel to reel recordings of TV shows of the recent past, Kevin's fall from sporting grace featured.

    I was intrigued not by the descending curly Scunthorpian, but by a Brummie called Fielding who played rugby. I checked the backstory and next I was in the Shed and there it began.

    The affliction and affection of RL and SRD.

    Now That isn't common sense.

    As a fellow sufferer, I can confirm that supporting SRD is definitely an affliction. I can even blame my parents for it. Does that make it congenital?

    As for RW's original question, I don't know, but I can still ride a bike without falling off.

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  4. On 21/09/2021 at 00:02, Robthegasman said:

    I have never been green fingered but I am thinking now it could be time to get an allotment.

    Now what can I grow on one?Are they expensive to rent and are they hard work to maintain?

    Afaik, you can grow whatever you want, providing it's legal. So, you can't turn it into a cannabis farm. The most sensible advice I've heard is to ask the other users around your plot what crops do well there. They'll know about stuff like soil type, pH, drainage and pests.

    I've only once tried any moderately extensive gardening and I loved the produce - tomatoes, potatoes, beans and other stuff I can't remember - but "hard work" doesn't do it justice and it does require a commitment in terms of time. I now get my produce from the shops and spend the time I save on here.

    Maybe I should get an allotment?😁


  5. 4 hours ago, DC77 said:

    Never seen him look so nervous as in that last game she had.

    One of the best results for anyone. Her second event, plays ten rounds and doesn’t lose a set to win the whole thing. It’s unprecedented. Can’t ever recall a career go from zero to 100 in a matter of weeks. She has won a slam and has yet to feature in the main draw. It was also the manner in which she won it. It was unflappable  dominance throughout. Way before my time but Pele winning the World Cup as a 17 year old and scoring twice in the final is another quick-fire humongous success that springs to mind. Olga Korbut as a 17 year old winning the floor event at the Olympics and redefining gymnastics is possibly another (tho gymnastics is a very young people’s event, so not really that out of the ordinary for her age).

    Her display is the result of being in a sport that has given women a fair chance...

    ... and invested seriously in youth development.

  6. On 16/08/2021 at 15:23, JohnM said:

    As an aspiring paleontologist,

    Station Road

    Central Park

    The Willows


    Wheldon Road

    Thrum Hall



    Silbury Hill


    Grimes Graves

    Not sure what this list is about. If it's places you've watched RL at, I've done many of JohnM's list, but not all. I've also watched games at the following:

    The Athletic Grounds, Rochdale (the first game of RL I ever watched); Clarence Street & Huntington Stadium, York; Craven Park (old & new), Hull; Wembley (old & new); McCain Stadium, Scarborough; the Boulevard, Hull; Boothferry Park, Hull; the Recre, Whitehaven; McLaren Field, Bramley and others I've forgotten.

    Good memories, all of them.

  7. I certainly wasn't expecting that. I was so sure we'd get tonked that I had written the game off and even forgot it was the early kick-off. I'm obviously chuffed, but I am also puzzled as to how and why Hull imploded so spectacularly at the end.

    I am intrigued by the mindsets of the fans. Salford fans never really expect much, so are happy with the occasional success. Personally, I was disappointed we lost the two finals, but I was delighted we got there, so the disappointment wasn't crushing. Hull, on the other hand, seem to offer eternal promise, but deliver only occasional success. Do days like today hurt Hull fans more than a defeat by Leigh hurts me? (I can't really speak for other Salford fans) I suppose my question is, "Is it better to find the odd diamond in a sea of slurry than the odd t**d in a sea of best bitter"?

    Sorry, edit to add "commiserations to my HFC friends".

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  8. I'm sorry! I seem to have driven this thread off topic. I didn't mean to do so. I just wanted to offer congatulations to Leigh, express my dismay at Salford and state an opinion on the unfairness of the present set-up.

    There must be dozens of ways to arrange our game, none of which will be perfect, but few of which will be as unfair as this one. The rfl should select the best for the game as a whole, not just super league. However, that discussion belongs elsewhere.

    Well done, Leigh! Pull your bloody socks up, Salford! And good luck to the rfl, you will need it!

  9. Where to begin?

    Firstly, a big "Well done!" to Leigh. As someone else said, I hate to see a team go winless through an entire season, so I'm happy for you even if your win was at our expense.

    As for Salford, I am lost for words. Almost. I can't get to England to watch them, so I have to rely on what others say, and it's not good. I don't want to ctiticise the players as I don't believe that players don't try. They might not be good enough, they might be suffering physical weakness following an illness, but to say they don't try is wrong even if it looks like it. What I can criticise, whatever the cause of a poor performance, is the lack of discipline. It's killing us week after week and it's down to the coaching staff to stamp it out.

    After the last two seasons, this one is dispiriting to say the least. Roll on next year!

    Oh, and anyone who thinks there should be any relegation after this shambles of a season is barking mad.

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  10. On 18/08/2021 at 15:43, M j M said:

    Austin Mitchell. Academic, MP, journalist, TV host.

    That is sad. I met him back in about 1975 when he gave the after-dinner speech at Langwith College on the occasion of the University of York's 10th anniversary. A charming man and an entertaining speaker.

    RIP, Austin.

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  11. 12 hours ago, Maximus Decimus said:

    I've got my first interview in a few years on Tuesday.

    For those unfamiliar with teaching, it is quite an odd process compared to other jobs. If you want to move jobs, there is basically a 2 month window where you can get sorted and in reality this is more like a few weeks around the start of May. The vast majority of positions close in the first two weeks of May, and interview the week after. This is because the notice period is one term: if I want a new school for September my notice needs to be in by the end of May. 

    If you don't get it, then you stay in your job for another academic year and almost certainly don't think about moving until next April. In a situation where most people at your school know you've interviewed, this can be quite uncomfortable if you end up not moving.

    Then the process itself is very gruelling. After a lengthy application process involving a 2 page personal statement tailored to each school, they always watch you teach a random lesson to a random class, and then you go through an interview like any other. In this instance I also have a presentation to do. I will be spending all weekend and Monday prepping for it and that doesn't feel like enough time.

    I went through the process a few years ago for John Lennon's old school and didn't get it. That was the first time I'd ever gone through it and not got it, and I genuinely think that's why I haven't applied again until now. 

    I'll suck it up and do it, and come Tuesday I can breathe again. You never know I might even get it! 

    Good luck, MD.

    I don't envy you.

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  12. 43 minutes ago, Bleep1673 said:

    Thats the problem with Crete, lack of rainfall, thats why the diet is so limited, and they have to ship over any protein.

    We don't need to ship it over. It comes by the plane-load. The only problem is that smell of coconut on its skin. Once it's on the grill, though, you barely notice it.


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